Manchester to undertake major review of its local development plan

The overarching plan that sets out the key guidelines for all development across the city will be subject of a major review by the City Council.

The new Local Plan will provide a set of principles that will underpin new development over the next 15-20 years and will replace the city’s current Core Strategy. 

This is the first major review of the city’s development plan since 2012 and will help respond to a range of emerging strategic issues, such as housing demand, transport infrastructure, neighbourhoods that promote healthy lifestyles, and achieving a zero carbon Manchester by 2038.

The Local  Plan should ensure new building and investment is aligned to Manchester’s growth ambitions and meets the city’s high development standards. And as the city’s population continues to grow (expected to hit 635,000 by 2025), it’s crucial that the city’s growth continues to be as inclusive and sustainable as possible. 

The Local Plan will also take into account the Our Manchester Strategy, the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Greater Manchester’s new devolved planning powers. 


The first step of the new Local Plan is to speak to Manchester people and businesses on issues important to them that will inform the principles of the new Local Plan, and highlight key themes for the plan to focus on. 

An initial eight week public consultation will begin on Friday 7 February. 

A report went to the Council’s executive today (Weds 15 Jan) that seeks approval to move to the initial consultation stage in developing a new Local Plan for Manchester.

The public and businesses will be able to take part in further consultation opportunities throughout the process. 

A draft plan is expected to be prepared by winter 2020/21 for public consultation.

A final plan will be published in summer/autumn of 2021 for a formal statutory consultation, ahead of submission to the Secretary of State.  

Cllr Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council’s executive member for environment, planning and transport, said: “Developing a new Local Plan is a vital process that will shape where new homes will be built, where new employment opportunities will be created, what amenities are needed - such as schools and healthcare - and the transport infrastructure that connect the entire city. 

“This is a plan that will touch all of our lives in the next two decades, so we are keen to hear from as many people as possible about the issues they face - as well as potential options to improve them - and make sure everyone has a chance to shape our city. So please have your say.”


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